Barry Otto is an Australian actor and voice artist of cinema and an amateur artist. Barry Otto was born in Brisbane in the son of a butcher, he switched to acting. Otto received an AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor in Strictly Ballroom as well as being nominated for Bliss and The More Things Change.... An amateur artist, he paints members of his family, has twice entered the Archibald Prize, he is the father of Miranda Otto. Otto portrayed Administrator Allsop in Australia in 2008. With all these films The Dressmaker, Kiss or Kill, Dead Letter Office, The Visitor, The Great Gatsby, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Love's Brother. In 2015 Otto voiced the role of a Goanna, in Blinky Bill the Movie. Barry Otto married Lindsay, with whom he has a daughter Miranda, born on 16 December 1967 in Brisbane, they divorced in 1973. With his partner Sue Hill, he has a son, Eddy, a teacher and professional cricket coach, another daughter Gracie, born on 23 May 1987 in Sydney. Barry Otto at Randwick in Sydney to won of Australian Film Walk of Fame.
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Avenue Q is a musical comedy featuring puppets and human actors with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and book by Jeff Whitty. The show won Best Musical and Score at the 2004 Tony Awards; the show was directed by Jason Moore with puppets designed and built by original cast member Rick Lyon. Avenue Q has received many favorable reviews for its approach on topics like racism; the show first opened in 2003 at the Vineyard Theatre co-produced by the Vineyard Theatre and The New Group. In July of that same year the show moved to the John Golden Theatre on Broadway. Avenue Q would go on to play over 2,500 performances, ranking 24th on the list of longest running shows in Broadway history, before moving to New World Stages where it will play its final performance on April 28, 2019; because of the show’s success on Broadway many international tours have spawned in places like Germany and Hong Kong. While these tours went on, a school friendly script was produced; the rights to the musical were released.
The principal cast includes 3 human actors. The puppets, Kate and others, are played by unconcealed puppeteers alongside costumed human actors; the show’s format is a parody of PBS's Sesame Street. Avenue Q's cast consists of three human characters and eleven puppet characters who interact as if human, Sesame Street-style; the puppets are animated and voiced by puppeteers who are present, onstage. Puppets and human characters ignore the puppeteers; the same puppet may be operated by different puppeteers in different scenes, the actor voicing the puppet may not be the one animating it. To minimise distraction, the puppeteers wear plain gray clothing in contrast to the human characters' colorful costumes. One puppeteer sometimes voices two or more puppets simultaneously. Conversely, the so-called "live-hands" puppets require two puppeteers—again, in full view of the audience; the show draws inspiration from and imitates the format of children's educational television shows Sesame Street and The Muppets.
Marx interned at the program early in his career, all four of the original cast's principal puppeteers—John Tartaglia, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jennifer Barnhart and Rick Lyon—were Sesame Street performers. Three of the puppet characters are direct recognizable parodies of Sesame Street puppets: Roommates Rod and Nicky are a riff on Bert and Ernie, while Trekkie Monster bears the distinctive voice and disposition of Cookie Monster, though not his obsession with baked goods. All of the characters are young adults who face real-world adult problems with uncertainty of how they will solve these dilemmas, as opposed to the simplistic problems and invariably happy resolutions faced by characters on children's television programming. Much of the show's ironic humor emerge from its contrasts with Sesame Street, such as illustrating the differences between innocent childhood and the difficult adulthood; the storyline presupposes the existence of "monsters" and talking animals, human actors sing and interact with puppets, both human and non-human, as if they were sentient beings, in a light-hearted, quasi-fantasy environment.
However, the show includes a considerable amount of profanity in the dialogue as well as including intercourse with puppets. In addition, the show addresses adult themes that are inappropriate for younger children, such as racism and schadenfreude; the show employs a real-life celebrity as a fictional character within the story. Gary Coleman, the juvenile actor who played Arnold Jackson in the 1980s American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and sued his parents and business advisers for stealing his earnings during that time period, is portrayed as an adult, who happens to be the building superintendent in the run-down Avenue Q neighborhood to earn as much money as possible to keep on living. Marx and Lopez said that they intended to offer the Gary Coleman role to Coleman himself, he expressed interest in accepting it, but did not show up for a meeting scheduled to discuss it. Coleman threatened to sue Avenue Q producers for their depiction of him, but did not; when Coleman died on May 28, 2010, casts of both the Off-Broadway production in New York City and the second national tour in Dallas dedicated that evening's performances to his memory.
The Coleman character remains in the show with modified dialogue. The show is set on a fictional street in an "outer-outer borough" of New York City. Princeton, a recent college graduate, is anxious to discover his purpose in life. Beginning his search on Avenue A, he finds an affordable apartment on Avenue Q, his new neighbors are a kindergarten assistant teacher. Debates ensue over whose life sucks the most, though they do conclude that Coleman's life sucks the most. Nicky, straight, suspects that Rod is gay, assures Rod it is okay with him if he is.
Petrie Terrace, Queensland
Petrie Terrace is an inner-city suburb and major thoroughfare in Brisbane, Australia. It is less than 2 kilometres west of the Brisbane General Post Office; the precinct is bordered to the east by Countess Street. Its northern boundary is Musgrave Road and its southern is Milton Road. In Petrie Terrace, 60.9% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were New Zealand 4.1%, England 3.3%, Ireland 1.7%, Scotland 1.2% and Italy 0.6%. The Albert Park Flexi School is the only school in Petrie Terrace. Children in the area attend a number of schools in the surrounding suburbs. In December 1876, portion 296, North Brisbane made up of 12 allotments were advertised to be auctioned by Mr John Cameron. A map advertising the auction shows the allotments located in Petrie Terrace. Petrie Terrace has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: 15-17 Caxton Street: Baroona Labor Hall 1 Hale Street: Baroona Special School 69 Hale Street: La Boite Theatre Building 25-61 Petrie Terrace: Petrie Terrace Police Depot 256 Petrie Terrace: Florence House In 2007-2008 the former Petrie Terrace Police Depot was converted to a retail precinct called The Barracks, which contains cinemas, restaurants and offices with underground car parking.
The heritage buildings have been incorporated in the development. The Barracks has a walkway connection through to Roma Street railway station. Media related to Petrie Terrace, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons Official website
John Birmingham is a British-born Australian author, known for the 1994 memoir He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, his Axis of Time trilogy. Birmingham was born in Liverpool, United Kingdom, but grew up in Ipswich, Australia, having moved to the country with his parents in 1970. Birmingham received his higher education at Saint Edmund's College in Ipswich and at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Birmingham's only stint of full-time employment was as a researcher at the Australian Department of Defence but he has worked for the television program A Current Affair. While a law student, Birmingham was one of the last people arrested under the state's Anti Street March legislation. Birmingham was convicted of displaying a sheet of paper with the words'Free Speech' written on it in small type; the local newspaper carried a photograph of him being frogmarched off to a waiting police van. Birmingham returned to Queensland to study law but he did not complete his legal studies, choosing instead to pursue a career as an author.
Birmingham has a degree in international relations and lives in Brisbane. Birmingham was first published in Semper Floreat, the student newspaper at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, writing a series of stories featuring a fictional character named Commander Harrison Biscuit, his first paid published work appeared in a student magazine at the University of Queensland. He won a young writers award for the Independent, edited by Brian Toohey and wrote a number of articles for Rolling Stone and Australian Penthouse magazines. In 1994 Birmingham released his sharehouse living memoir He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, which has since been turned into a play, film and a graphic novel; the sequel is The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco, the theatrical version of, written and produced by 36 unemployed actors. In 2011 it was the longest running stage play in Australian history. In 2014, three Brisbane filmmakers sought funds to make a film version via crowdfunding. Other works by him include The Search for Savage Henry, a crime novel featuring the character Harrison Biscuit, How To Be A Man, a semi-humorous guide to contemporary Australian masculinity and Off One's Tits, a collection of essays and articles published elsewhere.
He spent four years researching the history of Sydney for Leviathan: the unauthorised biography of Sydney. It won Australia's National Prize For Non-Fiction in 2002. In 2010, the Sydney Theatre Company create a play based upon the non-fiction book Leviathan that focus on the dark side of the evolution of the city of Sydney, he has written two small pocket books The Felafel Guide to Getting Wasted and The Felafel Guide to Sex which feature advice Birmingham has received over the years regarding those two subjects. He wrote the nonfiction book "Dopeland" which examined Australia's cannabis culture. Birmingham has written two Quarterly Essays Appeasing Jakarta: Australia's Complicity in the East Timor Tragedy and A Time for War: Australia as a Military Power, he is a regular contributor to The Monthly, an Australian national magazine of politics and the arts. In September 2006, Birmingham wrote a piece in The Australian lambasting Germaine Greer for an article she'd written in The Guardian about Steve Irwin shortly after his death.
He described Greer's comments as "a poisonous discharge of bile". Portions of Birmingham's article were quoted in the Parliament of New South Wales. In 2015, Birmingham parted ways with the traditional tradebook publishing business by becoming his own publisher after his Australian publisher's decision to release his Dave Hooper series several months prior to the release of the same books in the much larger North American and European markets instead of the near simultaneous global release, used for the release his previous works; the result of his Australian publisher's poor business decision resulted in dismal sales in those larger book markets caused by the demand being filled through pirated electronic editions due to lack of availability through normal channels such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Using the new publishing model, Birmingham has published three Stalin's Hammer novellas plus a new novel called A Girl In Time. In 2004 he published the alternative history Weapons of Choice, the first in the Axis of Time trilogy, a series of Tom Clancy-like techno-thrillers.
Many writers from those genres appear as minor characters. It was published by Del Rey Books in the United States, by Pan Macmillan in Australia; the series tells of a multinational peacekeeping force from the early 21st century being taken back in time to 1942, where its presence changes the course of the Second World War. In August 2005, the second book, Designated Targets was published in Australia. Publication in the United States followed in October 2005; the third and final full-length novel in the trilogy, Final Impact, was released in Australia in early August 2006, was released in the United States in January 2007. The ABC reported in 2006 that there were two new Birmoverse books in the works, one set shortly after the end of the war, another in the alternative 1980s, said to feature a dashing young RAF pilot: Richard Branson. One of these books was set to be released in Australia in 2008, but Birmingham instead wrote Without Warning; the 2013 novella Stalin's Hammer: Rome continues the series.
Without Warning, the first book in a new universe, was released in Australia in September 2008. The novel is a thought experiment, set on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003, it deals with the disappearance of the bulk of the United States' population as th
Government of Queensland
The Government of Queensland referred to as the Queensland Government, is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of Queensland. The Government of Queensland, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1859 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, Queensland has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Constitution of Australia regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Under the Australian Constitution, Queensland ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth. Key state government offices are located at 1 William Street in the Brisbane central business district; the Government of Queensland operates under the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom. The Governor of Queensland, as the representative of Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, holds nominal power, although in practice only performs ceremonial duties.
The Parliament of Queensland holds legislative power, while executive power lies with the Premier and Cabinet, judicial power is exercised by a system of courts and tribunals. The Parliament of Queensland is the state's legislature, it consists of Her Majesty The Queen, a single chamber. Queensland is the only Australian state with a unicameral parliament after a second chamber, the Legislative Council, was abolished in 1922; the Legislative Assembly has 93 members. Elections for the Legislative Assembly are held every four years; the Cabinet of Queensland is the government's chief policy-making organ, consists of the Premier and all ministers. The Queensland Government delivers services, determines policy and regulations, including legal interpretation, by a number of agencies grouped under areas of portfolio responsibility; each portfolio is led by a government minister, a member of the Parliament. As of April 2016 there were nineteen lead agencies, called government departments, that consist of: Department of the Premier and Cabinet Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Department of Education and Training Department of Energy and Water Supply Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Queensland Health Department of Housing and Public Works Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Department of Justice and Attorney-General Department of National Parks and Racing Department of Natural Resources and Mines Queensland Police Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation Department of State Development Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland Treasury Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth GamesA range of other agencies support the functions of these departments.
The judiciary of Queensland consists of the Magistrates Court, the District Court, the Supreme Court, as well as a number of smaller courts and tribunals. The Chief Justice of Queensland is the state's most senior judicial officer; the Magistrates Court is the lowest tier of the judicial hierarchy of Queensland. The court's criminal jurisdiction covers summary offences, indictable offences which may be heard summarily, but all criminal proceedings in Queensland begin in the Magistrates Court if they are not within this jurisdiction. For charges beyond its jurisdiction, the court conducts committal hearings in which the presiding magistrate decides, based on the strength of the evidence, whether to refer the matter to a higher court or dismiss it; the court's civil jurisdiction covers matters in which the amount in dispute is less than or equal to $150,000. Appeals against decisions by the Magistrates Court are heard by the District Court; the District Court is the middle tier of the judicial hierarchy of Queensland.
The court has jurisdiction to hear all appeals from decisions made in the Magistrates Court. Its criminal jurisdiction covers serious indictable offences; the court's civil jurisdiction covers matters in which the amount in dispute is more than $150,000 but less than or equal to $750,000. Appeals against decisions by the District Court are heard by the Court of Appeal, a division of the Supreme Court; the Supreme Court is the highest tier of the judicial hierarchy Queensland. The court has two divisions; the Trial Division's jurisdiction covers serious criminal offences, civil matters involving claims of more than $750,000. The Court of Appeal's jurisdiction allows it to hear cases on appeal from the Trial Division, the District Court, a number of other judicial tribunals in Queensland. Appeals against decisions by the Court of Appeal are heard by the High Court of Australia. There are several factors; the legislature has no upper house. For a large portion of its history, the state was under a gerrymander that favoured rural electorates.
This, combined with the decentralised nature of Queensland, meant that politics has been dominated by regional interests. Queensland, along with New South Wales operated a balloting system known as Optional Preferential Voting for state elections; this is different from the predominant Australian electoral system, the instant-runoff voting system, in practice is closer to a first past the post ballot, which some say is to the
Theatrical scenery is that, used as a setting for a theatrical production. Scenery may be just about anything, from a single chair to an elaborately re-created street, no matter how large or how small, whether the item was custom-made or is the genuine item, appropriated for theatrical use; the history of theatrical scenery is as old as the theatre itself, just as obtuse and tradition bound. What we tend to think of as'traditional scenery', i.e. two-dimensional canvas-covered'flats' painted to resemble a three-dimensional surface or vista, is a recent innovation and a significant departure from the more ancient forms of theatrical expression, which tended to rely less on the actual representation of space senerial and more on the conveyance of action and mood. By the Shakespearean era, the occasional painted backdrop or theatrical prop was in evidence, but the show itself was written so as not to rely on such items to convey itself to the audience. However, this means that today's set designers must be that much more careful, so as to convey the setting without taking away from the actors.
Our more modern notion of scenery, which dates back to the 19th century, finds its origins in the dramatic spectacle of opera buffa, from which the modern opera is descended. Its elaborate settings were appropriated by the'straight', or dramatic, through their use in comic operettas, burlesques and the like; as time progressed, stage settings grew more realistic, reaching their peak in the Belasco realism of the 1910-'20s, in which complete diners, with working soda fountains and freshly made food, were recreated onstage. As a reaction to such excess and in parallel with trends in the arts and architecture, scenery began a trend towards abstraction, although realistic settings remained in evidence, are still used today. At the same time, the musical theatre was evolving its own set of scenic traditions, borrowing from the burlesque and vaudeville style, with occasional nods to the trends of the'straight' theatre. Everything came together in the 1980s and 1990s and, continuing to today, until there is no established style of scenic production and pretty much anything goes.
Modern stagecraft has grown so complex as to require the specialized skills of hundreds of artists and craftspeople to mount a single production. The construction of theatrical scenery is one of the most time-consuming tasks when preparing for a show; as a result, many theatres have a place for storing scenery so that it can be used for multiple shows. Since future shows are not known far in advance, theatres will construct stock scenery that can be adapted to fit a variety of shows. Common stock scenery types include: Curtains Flats Platforms Scenery wagons Production sets Scenic design Set construction Scenography
An office is a room or other area where an organization's employees perform administrative work in order to support and realize objects and goals of the organization. The word "office" may denote a position within an organization with specific duties attached to it; when used as an adjective, the term "office" may refer to business-related tasks. In law, a company or organization has offices in any place where it has an official presence if that presence consists of a storage silo rather than an establishment with desk-and-chair. An office is an architectural and design phenomenon: ranging from a small office such as a bench in the corner of a small business of small size, through entire floors of buildings, up to and including massive buildings dedicated to one company. In modern terms an office is the location where white-collar workers carry out their functions; as per James Stephenson, "Office is that part of business enterprise, devoted to the direction and co-ordination of its various activities."
Offices in classical antiquity were part of a palace complex or of a large temple. The High Middle Ages saw the rise of the medieval chancery, the place where most government letters were written and where laws were copied in the administration of a kingdom. With the growth of large, complex organizations in the 18th century, the first purpose-built office spaces were constructed; as the Industrial Revolution intensified in the 18th and 19th centuries, the industries of banking, insurance, retail and telegraphy grew requiring a large number of clerks, as a result more office space was assigned to house their activities. The time-and-motion study, pioneered in manufacturing by F. W. Taylor led to the "Modern Efficiency Desk" of 1915 with a flat top and drawers below, designed to allow managers an easy view of the workers. However, by the middle of the 20th century, it became apparent that an efficient office required discretion in the control of privacy, the cubicle system evolved; the main purpose of an office environment is to support its occupants in performing their jobs.
Work spaces in an office are used for conventional office activities such as reading and computer work. There are nine generic types of work space, each supporting different activities. In addition to individual cubicles, one can find meeting rooms and spaces for support activities, such as photocopying and filing; some offices have a kitchen area where workers can make their lunches. There are many different ways of arranging the space in an office and whilst these vary according to function, managerial fashions and the culture of specific companies can be more important. While offices can be built in any location and in any building, some modern requirements for offices make this more difficult, such as requirements for light and security; the major purpose of an office building is to provide a workplace and working environment - for administrative and managerial workers. These workers occupy set areas within the office building, are provided with desks, PCs and other equipment they may need within these areas.
The structure and shape of the office is impacted by both management thought as well as construction materials and may or may not have walls or barriers. The word stems from the Latin officium, its equivalents in various romance, languages. An officium was not a place, but rather an mobile'bureau' in the sense of a human staff or the abstract notion of a formal position, such as a magistrature; the elaborate Roman bureaucracy would not be equaled for centuries in the West after the fall of Rome partially reverting to illiteracy, while the East preserved a more sophisticated administrative culture, both under Byzantium and under Islam. Offices in classical antiquity were part of a palace complex or a large temple. There was a room where scrolls were kept and scribes did their work. Ancient texts mentioning the work of scribes allude to the existence of such "offices"; these rooms are sometimes called "libraries" by some archaeologists and the general press because one associates scrolls with literature.
In fact they were true offices since the scrolls were meant for record keeping and other management functions such as treaties and edicts, not for writing or keeping poetry or other works of fiction. The High Middle Ages saw the rise of the medieval chancery, the place where most government letters were written and where laws were copied in the administration of a kingdom; the rooms of the chancery had walls full of pigeonholes, constructed to hold rolled up pieces of parchment for safekeeping or ready reference, a precursor to the bookshelf. The introduction of printing during the Renaissance did not change these early government offices much. Medieval illustrations, such as paintings or tapestries show people in their private offices handling record-keeping books or writing on scrolls of parchment. All kinds of writings seemed to be mixed in these early forms of offices. Before the invention of the printing press and its distribution there was a thin line between a private office and a private library since books were read or written in the same space at the same desk or table, general accounting and personal or private letters were done there.
It was during the 13th century that the English form of the word first appeared w